Exit polls in the Romanian Presidential Election are pointing to narrrow victory for left wing challenger Mircea Geoana – but incumbent president Traian Basescu is also claiming a win in the hotly contested vote.
Initial estimations give Geoana 50.8 per cent of the vote, as against 49.2 for Bazescu. The margin for error in the exit polls is around 5 per cent, so this is too close to call. “Together with the leader of the Liberals, we are committed to putting an end to the political crisis. In a few days we will have a government supported by a powerful majority, with a powerful programme and with an authentic project to fight against the crisis.” But Bazescu too claimed victory saying the exit polls were a media manipulation and promising that in the coming days he would be announced as winner. “This election victory is due to the votes of the Romanian people. More than 5 million Romanian people have taken the clear choice of the road towards modernisation, a road which is necessary if Romanians are to achieve prosperity.” It had been hoped that this poll would clear the political air in Romania and enable the country to move forward to tackle the economic problems it faces. Instead it appears that a new round of political infighting has only just begun.